“This is really a project of the century, such a project has not been implemented in our country and it can be said that it is distinguished throughout Europe by its complexity,” stated the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili about the Rikoti Pass.
As the Georgian government reports, a total of 51.6 km of road is to be built through the Rikoti gorge, which will include 96 bridges and 53 tunnels.
The opening of a 2 km section of the new road, which consists of 6 bridges and 3 tunnels, is planned for September.
The completion of the construction of the Rikoti main road is planned for 2021-2024.
Therefore, traveling from Tbilisi to Batumi will take only 3-3.5 hours.
The Rikoti projects currently employ more than 4,000 people and about 70% of the employees are Georgian citizens.
By Ketevan Skhirtladze